Portland: Long-Term College Students

Current Hosting Opportunity

Program Type
Long Term College Hosting

2016/2017 Term Dates
Summer Term 2016: June 19, 2016 to September 17, 2016
Fall Term 2016: September 18, 2016 – December 17, 2016
Winter Term 2017: December 18, 2016 – March 25, 2017
Spring Term 2017: March 26, 2017 – June 17, 2017
Summer Term 2017: June 18, 2017 – September 16, 2017

Open to families in the Portland-area within a 60-minute commute via public transportation to the student's classes

Host an international student enrolled at Portland State University, Portland Community College, Clark College, and other schools in the Portland/Vancouver area. Most students arrive at the beginning of one of the four academic terms (Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer). As a host family, you would make a one-term commitment, for approximately three months. At the end of the term, we will ask both you and your student whether you want to extend the homestay. Some families have hosted the same student for a year or more!

If you are interested in hosting a long term student, we suggest that you apply for a short-term hosting experience first. It is a great way to find out how hosting fits into your everyday life.

Basic responsibilities

You would need to provide your student with his or her own room, access to a study area, meals (self-serve breakfast, food for them to pack a lunch, and dinner together with the family), and internet access as well as regular contact with your family. The last part is especially important, because the students who choose a homestay over a dorm or shared apartment really want to practice their English and experience American culture from an insider's perspective. Families receive a monthly stipend that helps offset hosting expenses like food and utiliities.

Commuting to school

The commute to school should be less than 60 minutes on public transportation.